Classic Campaign scratched from the Elkwood Stakes, and Host overcame several problems to finish strongly for the win over Bestowed. Park Avenue Ball did well early on before weakening to finish sixth of seven. In the Sheepshead, Honey Ryder prevailed over Safari Queen with Hostess completing the trifecta. La Dolce Vita finished fourth. Ken McPeek had Drilling for Oil ready in the G3 Louisville Handicap, but Always First was gaining rapidly at the end, only good enough for place. Ramazutti with Calvin Borel up finished third, followed by Cloudy’s Knight in fourth and Louve des Reves in eighth.
Without a doubt, the biggest upset of the day was at Arlington, where in the G3 Hanshin Cup Handicap, the longest shot in the field, 81-1 Spotsgone pulled off the upset win over Lewis Michael and Gouldings Green, with 60-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires aboard. The victory paid $165.00, $38.00, and $9.60, with $660.60 exacta, and $3,659.60 trifecta. Wow! Watch the video (link in the story); it’s awesome.